2010, 1 track, 3 mins 47 sec
This is ‘so’ not your older sister’s “Firework”, but in a strange twilight zone sort of way, it very well may be your Mother’s version. You see, what we have here is Katy Perry’s iconic song – improved upon thanks to a retro overhaul that arguably makes it even more bubblegum and dance-worthy. It must be said, the original, for all its big moments, chops the actual beat off at the knees in many points in that original version. Here in this perfect 80s remix, the beat never dies, and the synthesized instruments actually show a really musicianship behind their digital face, rather than the plug and play design we are all familiar with. What is most notable is the groove, however artificial that it is rendered. And that artificiality is definitely half of the charm. What’s cool is while some of this can be viewed as younger-and-cheek, most of this passes the bar for dance-worthiness – almost as if the track should have always been this way. Responders to the original already worshiped it for it’s candy coated bliss and motivational power. Well, aren’t the most motivational works out there actually the ‘sweat it out anthems’ from the eighties, neon spandex and all, which were all the rage and very successful at empowering women and certainly some men too ‘take it to the limit’ or ‘the mountain top.’ This really seems like the ultimate, most perfect example of that genre of music, and it is surprisingly satisfying. Let’s work those glutes and sing along; “'Cause baby you're a firework, come on show 'em what your worth, make 'em go ‘Oh, oh, oh!’, as you shoot across the sky-y-y.”
Katy Perry, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Sandy Wilhelm, Ester Dean
"Firework" is a song by American singer Katy Perry from her third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). Perry co-wrote the song with Ester Dean and its producers StarGate and Sandy Vee. It is a dance-pop self-empowerment anthem with inspirational lyrics, and Perry felt it was an important song for her on Teenage Dream. Capitol Records released it as the album's third single on October 26, 2010.